Venice to Amarone
Amarone, Soave, and Italy’s Northern Renaissance
- Venice, our meet-up spot, is ideal for a pre-tour stay
- Giotto’s Arena Chapel frescos helped launch the Renaissance—and warrant a side trip to Padua
- The Basilica of St. Anthony, patron saint of doctors, is another landmark. Padua established Europe’s first medical school.
- The castle of Soave overlooks our lunch spot.
- Soave introduces the ancient Roman technique of drying grapes before pressing. These will go into a Soave passito.
- Pieropan was a leader in restoring quality to Soave wine. Here, the gracious Teresita Pieropan hosts our group.
- With their acidic backbone, Pieropan’s Soave cru can be aged for several years
- Teresita Pieropan examines grapes in the drying loft.
- The Romans left behind a large coliseum in Verona, which now hosts opera singers rather than gladiators.
- Verona is dubbed “the Painted City” for its elegant frescoed palazzi
- Dante's final years were spent in Verona. His property is now part of the Masi winery.
- The elegant Amarone from Santa Sofia, a winery housed in a Palladian villa
- Hand-harvesting garganega grapes at Trabucchi
- Grapes for Amarone are placed on bamboo racks to dry for 100 days before pressing.
- Sirmione on Lake Garda
- Valpolicella's vines are often trained on pergolas to protect grapes from the rain sweeping off the Dolomites.
- A tasting at Tenuta Sant' Antonio in the up-and-coming eastern zone of Amarone.
- Amarone from Tommasi, a fourth-generation winery